FRAVIA'S REALITY CRACKING LAB
Ivan Bilibin shows you what's like to understand reality 46932 bytes
How to (try to) see some light through the Slavemasters' smoke
"Watch, think, work, send your findings..."
¤Last update: April 2005¤
[some useful pointers]
[reality cracking: an introduction]
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[reality cracking essays]
[tricks] ~ [links] ~ [tools]
[info] ~ [text-cracking]
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Slowly this kind of approaches are gaining "momentum", and more and more people show a 'working interest' for this section, which is IMHO a very good thing. Ok, we are dilettantes, so what? I consider this 'reality cracking' section to be among the most important parts of my site... As usual your help is not only welcome and needed... it is the sine qua non for the development of all this into something that can really be helpful for anyone.
Let's push another snowball down the Webhill!


Reality cracking, an introduction

Reality cracking is a very important 'critical' activity, as Curious George wrote to me:

More than that, "Reality Cracking" can be accomplished 
by anyone with a critical mind.  You don't need hours 
of undisturbed time in front of the computer. You can 
practice your reality cracking skills all day long, 
everyday of your life! And you should, lest you be taken 
advantage of unknowingly.

Yessir! That's one of the main points, and the satisfaction you'll gain every time you arrive to see 'through' a concealed message (which is always soo obvious AFTERWARD) is a really great feeling.

You may ask why so many essays of the reality cracking section are directed against advertisement and our 'consumistic' habits. Simply stated, there's a lot of money being made and a lot of power being gathered by the people that promote useless consumerism, and this determines a GREAT part of the reality you live in. You pay for it in gradually limited economic mobility, pollution, threats to your health and a declining standard of living, as measured by the things that really matter. This is what this section is about, identifying these forces and giving you opportunities to lessen or eliminate their control over your life. We're not suggesting that you pick up guns and start blasting away. What we advocate does far more damage than bullets to these forces and the people behind them and makes life much more enjoyable for you while it returns to you -at least in part- the possibility of living the way that you -not somebody else- choose.
Dear contributors,
please don't be deceived if the essay you sent was not published, see: Reality cracking is a matter of observation and knowledge, balance and wit, it's very important to avoid taking ourselves too seriously... a common disease. Watch, work, send your findings... and avoid the ever lurking risks to fall into the 'weird-religious-nutty' or into the 'ideologically excessive-obsessed' patterns. Best essays are those that examine a CONCRETE aspect of the reality around you and show it's hidden meaning: see, it is obvious (if silly) that half-naked babes on -say- new cars help selling those same said cars to the zombies... but it is not so obvious, for instance, that yougurts or fruit juices made with only ONE sort of fruit are all over the world slowly being replaced by yogurts and fruit juices made with a 'cocktail' of fruit rests ("tropical mix", "apples AND bananas", "fruits of the wald") for the purpose of maximising gains... consumer "choices" are only a nuisance once you have already lurked the same consumers into buying your products or using your supermarket chain...
What do you think that 'modes' and 'trends' have been made for? ... or d'you think you can buy somewhere a new fridge (say) that has been built solid enough to last for the next thirty years?


The Essays
Go to [the most recent essays]
"Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do,
 to keep in the same place."
Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking glass




   
Everything started with +ORC's "supermarket enslaving tricks", a classical very STRONG reality cracking essay that all should read first... Supermarkets and malls are treasure chests for reality crackers... but, as you will see, there's much more than supermarkets where we can apply our reversing eyes...


Supermarket enslaving tricks
The first "historical" article by +ORC (13 March 1997)
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with an addition by Michel (15 Jan 1998)
with an addition by The dark one (12 Dec 1998)
see also the related discount supermarket by Curious George (23 Dec 1998)
and
European Motorroad malls, by fravia+ (23 Dec 1998)


ANTI-ADVERTISEMENT ~ CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ CONDITIONING ~ CONSUMERISM

enslavement techniques
(body language and hypnotic tricks, I collected this myself)
CONDITIONING ~ CONCEALED TRUTHS

The Bus Conductor & The Mineral Water
two "modern zen" writings from +ORC... Reality cracking at his best! (21 August 1997)
CONDITIONING ~ CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ SOCIAL DECADENCE

Reality Cracking: Commercial TV
A small essay by MrWho (27 January 1998)
(cracking easy advertisement protection schemes)
ANTI-ADVERTISEMENT ~ CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ CONDITIONING

Reality Cracking: Maggots and fags
A small essay by +ORC (his last one: 27 January 1998 :-(
(cracking easy cigarettes protection schemes)
ANTI-ADVERTISEMENT ~ CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ CONDITIONING

An Essay Attempting to Justify the Relationship
Between Code Cracking and Reality Cracking

A new 'theoretical' essay by Curious George (11 February 1998)
(Why is Reality Cracking Important?)
CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ PHILOSOPHICAL CRACKING

Statistical cracking: basics: cracking lotteries
An essay by +Atheist (17 February 1998)
"You have the same chance of winning a lottery whether you play or not"
STATISTICAL CRACKING ~ CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ CONSUMERISM

Fond manager cracking
Two essays by Curious george & Maxine+ (20 February 1998)
"Lemming behaviour and the stockmarket"
STATISTICAL CRACKING ~ CONCEALED TRUTHS

Rhetoric of advertisement, a "Marlboro Classic" Advertisement analyzed
by Martine Joly (MARE) (14 March 1998)
"Reversing some truths behind two images"
ANTI-ADVERTISEMENT ~ CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ CONDITIONING

Reversing Reality, a first stab
by IcE (29 May 1998)
"even reality itself can be reversed"
CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ PHILOSOPHICAL CRACKING
Well... enjoy this little 'first stab' at our emptiness... hope some good other biochemistry and sociological reversers will build on this...

Building on Ice's Essay, here we have
Perception of Time, Calendars and Animals
by NotAnne (12 November 1998)
("Maybe, just maybe "wetware" is the answer to all the questions we try so hard to solve with machines")
PHILOSOPHICAL CRACKING
Well... time is relative, isn't it? And anyway I would love to set a meeting 'at mid autumn' or to fix an encounter 'short after the first snow'... and if you thought that your wristwatch is one of the most awful slave-chains humanity has decided to wear look now at all the happy slaves, thanks to GSMs :-)

An attempt at reversing body language
by +Azzeccagarbugli (05 June 1998)
Reversing our fellow humans...
CONDITIONING ~ CONCEALED TRUTHS
Well, this seems indeed quite useful... reversing your fellow humans behaviour may happen to have some utility, after all :-)

Subliminal Advertising
by Dr. Lechnar (10 June 1998)
What's hidden in the Microsoft's logo
ANTI-ADVERTISEMENT ~ CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ CONDITIONING
I knew it all the time, of course :-)

Food additives: a first stab
by Maxine+ (15 June 1998)
Dangerous food additives (reversing labels)
CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ FOOD & DRUGS
Uugh, puah! (I knew it all the time of course :-)

Page Faults
by +Mammon_ (01 July 1998)
Page Faults (reversing Magazines)
ANTI-ADVERTISEMENT ~ CONCEALED TRUTHS
Ever wondered how comes you cannot find those page numbers? :-)

Consumer self-defense: an anti-advertisement tutorial
by +Insiderbetraying (10 July 1998)
Part n.1: Some amoebas slip from under the slide and take a quick look at the lab
ANTI-ADVERTISEMENT ~ CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ CONDITIONING ~ CONSUMERISM
Let's see if the amoebas will be able to organize themselves against the mad scientists :-)

Reversing Shampoo
by Makoli (06 September 1998)
Short and very concrete: don't use shampoo!
CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ CONSUMERISM
The simple truth is that shampoo's bad for your hair :-)

Getting deeper into reality cracking
A new 'theoretical' essay by <predator> (16 September 1998)
(Comments about "An Essay Attempting to Justify the Relationship
Between Code Cracking and Reality Cracking")
CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ PHILOSOPHICAL CRACKING ~ ADVANCED REALITY CRACKING

"Sect cracking", a first attempt
by Joa (16 September 1998)
Real spiritual knowledge is freely available... When you have to pay for something or have to visit some courses - you are definitively on the wrong track
CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ PHILOSOPHICAL CRACKING

Altruism and charity, a reversing attempt
by Deep dt (16 September 1998)
We are stuck within the argument which ASSUMES that a trade always occurs and defines the reward in terms of that trade"
CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ PHILOSOPHICAL CRACKING

Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and Softice
by Pantheon (04 October 1998)
("It is possible to take any event or "truth" and find where an unjustified assumption was made, merely because is fit the current paragigm")
ANTI-ADVERTISEMENT ~ CONDITIONING ~ CONSUMERISM

Invoice EveryCorp for EveryThing
by im/mu (04 October 1998)
("treat them exactly as they treat you: with contempt and arrogance, at outrageously inflated rates, and get really heavy when they don't pay")
ANTI-ADVERTISEMENT ~ CONDITIONING ~ CONSUMERISM

Know the shit you eat, or FAST FOODs!!
by ABe* (14 October 1998)
("why millions of people still use to eat there?")
CONDITIONING ~ CONSUMERISM ~ FOOD & DRUGS

Cracking The Information Curtain
by Tapu (30 October 1998)
("A two tier society, cracking and information deprivation strategies")
CONDITIONING ~ CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ PHILOSOPHICAL CRACKING

SHOULD THE COMPUTER INDUSTRY BE OUR PRIMARY TARGET?
by H.Cioff (12 November 1998)
("the politicians as the primary enemy")
REALITY CRACKING REVERSING ~ PHILOSOPHICAL CRACKING

Fragrances smell badly!
COPIED by Felipe (12 November 1998)
("Virtually every aspect of our lives is impacted by the Fragrance Industry")
REALITY CRACKING ~ REVERSING TRENDS ~ ANTI-ADVERTISEMENT

A first stab against the advertisement lures!
by Hal Cioff (25 November 1998)
"The real point of advertising is a) to make you buy something you don't need, or b) a particular brand of what you need, or c) a more expensive variety than you need of a commodity you definitely do need"
REALITY CRACKING ~ REVERSING TRENDS ~ ANTI-ADVERTISEMENT

Windows' logo subliminals
by Felipe (25 November 1998)
"The wallpaper file, CLOUDS.BMP has an even more obvious female image with the light area just above the center of the screen showing a blonde woman with puckered lips pressed directly up against those of a..."
ANTI-ADVERTISEMENT ~ CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ CONDITIONING

Reverse engineering, information warfare and cots
by fravia+ (25 November 1998)
("And, pray, if they put a flight simulator inside an application you are using, don’t you think they could as well put some simple data-snooping (and channeling) routines?")
REALITY CRACKING: "The power of reversing" (1)

The multi-pharmaindustrial conspiracy
by ?Cioff (2 December 1998)
("The State or the Insurance companies pay for the pills, but not for the exercise programs. You may guess where the money comes from")
REALITY CRACKING ~ CONDITIONING ~ CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ FOOD & DRUGS

Food additives: a deeper stab
by Kuririn (02 December 1998)
Dangerous food additives (reversing labels)
CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ FOOD & DRUGS
Another reversing of the food we are compelled to eat... (puah), and I fear that it won't be the last one :-(


A "quick and dirty" look at rhetoric and persuasion
by Kuririn (December 1998)
Persuasion and Power (with an addition by Kuririn: 9 January 1999)
CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ RHETORICAL CRACKING
The next time you got to a public meeting on a controversial issue try to heckle the speaker :-)


Psycho slimming
by Cioff (December 1998)
Money, drugs and Obesity
CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ ANTI-ADVERTISEMENT ~ FOOD & DRUGS
Cracking industrial webpages' meanings


'the discount supermarket'
by Curious George
(and "European Motorroad malls", by fravia+)
December 1998
Compelling slaves to buy ~ Cracking awful supermarkets' tricks

CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ ANTI-ADVERTISEMENT ~ CONSUMERISM ~ SUPERMARKETS



Can open standards suffocate us? Some unsystematic notes on standardization
by Steve Talbott
January 1999
software and standards *by themselves* always become something of an oppressive element, something we must learn how to transcend. Their very nature -- especially when they are thought to be intrinsically valuable -- is to constrain us.

CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ CONDITIONING ~ REVERSING TRENDS ~ NEW RENAISSANCE



Bashing the paranormal crap
by Furtim
January 1999
paranormal experiences (like religious experiences) are total crap (with few exceptions that CONFIRM this rule)

CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ PHILOSOPHICAL CRACKING



Jobs and tailoring (An unveiling)
by The Priest
January 1999
Other people's reality cracks can be recycled

CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ PHILOSOPHICAL CRACKING ~ NEW RENAISSANCE



Truth Searching: the Chechnya example
by -IPFreely
March 2000
A good reality cracking ~ propaganda countering ~ seeking lores essay

PROPAGANDA COUNTERING ~ SEEKING LORES
CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ RHETORICAL CRACKING




Public opinion enslavement and soul
by Kuririn
April 2000
A good philosophical cracking essay

CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ PHILOSOPHICAL CRACKING



The great printer scam
by fravia+
June 2000
Citius, Altius, Fortius, Scamius

CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ REALITY CRACKING ~ ANTI-COMMERCIALISM


Metaphysics & meta-reality-cracking: Disjoint application of beliefs.
by -Pantheon
September 2000
RLL & TAL collide (Real Life Level versus Theoretical Analysis Level, a loose-loose relation)
With contributions and/or confutations by E-prime, Webhead, Kuririn, Chimaera & -Pantheon himself

CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ REALITY CRACKING ~ PHILOSOPHICAL CRACKING


wwwizard of oz ~ the silenz of the l@mbs
by e=h
October 2000
Communities on line. Information changes it's shape: persons hide behind groups, groups hide behind information these groups provide

CONDITIONING ~ REVERSING TRENDS ~ NEW RENAISSANCE

Reversing Reality, first stab at the second phase
by lublou
November 2000
c or c++ WHY?... not WHAT?.. (more on Real Life Level versus Theoretical Analysis Level)

CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ REALITY CRACKING ~ PHILOSOPHICAL CRACKING


Strawberry fields... forever
by fravia+
January 2001
In our world of concealed truths and orchestrated propaganda, web-searching capabilities (and a minimum of brain) are a pre-requisite for finding out, or underlining, some awful truths…

CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ REALITY CRACKING ~ FOOD & DRUGS ~ SEEKING LORES


Subliminals in Cigarette Advertising
by behemoth
January 2001
After a while I recognized that my look was fixed again and again to some certain places in this advertisement, but I have not been able to tell what was the glue that fixed my eyes.

CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ REALITY CRACKING ~ SLAVEMASTERS REVERSING


[The Conscious Consumer ]: A look into marketing propaganda
by Zev ^Baron^ Toledano
Mai 2001

CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ REALITY CRACKING ~ SLAVEMASTERS REVERSING


[ First strike on McDonald ]: 'reverse shitting' explained
A look into marketing propaganda by rõnin and Tale of a hunting wolf by Telmor
July 2001

CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ REALITY CRACKING ~ SLAVEMASTERS REVERSING


[flyfaith.htm]: Design for a Faith-Based Missile by Richard Dawkins
September 2001

CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ REALITY CRACKING ~ SLAVEMASTERS REVERSING


[busplace.htm]: How to sit down in a crowded bus! by H3cker
October 2001

CONDITIONING ~ REVERSING TRENDS


[panthe88.htm]: The Cosmic Pyramid Scheme: Philosophical problems with a popular omni-benevolence paradigm by -Pantheon
December 2001

CONDITIONING ~ REVERSING TRENDS ~ PHILOSOPHICAL CRACKING


[hp_slobo.htm]: Understanding , Reversing , and Hacking HP Printers by Slobotron
April 2002

CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ REALITY CRACKING ~ SLAVEMASTERS REVERSING


[blbleach.htm]: Young slaves' behaviour, wabi, sabi and Levi's Jeans
(how they exploit stupidity - part 1: The Emperor's New Clothes)

by fravia+
June 2002

CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ REALITY CRACKING ~ SLAVEMASTERS REVERSING




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The Tricks

Consumer trends cracking: some tricks
An essay by Maxine+ (12 March 1998)
"Reversing our lemming behaviour, a strategical approach"
ANTI-ADVERTISEMENT ~ CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ CONDITIONING ~ ANTI-CONSUMERISM


Pranks: an approach to reality cracking
An essay by Rhiddler (20 March 1998)
"A prank should have a resonance and a ring to it. It should speak of the higher aspirations of human activity"
PHILOSOPHICAL CRACKING

Anti-consumistic frugality tricks
An essay by Hedwig Blastock (15 July 1998)
"When you start off with excess, less is not deprivation: it is freedom"
CONCEALED TRUTHS ~ ANTI-CONSUMERISM

REVERSING STRESS ("modern Zen" reality cracking methods)
An essay by Paul Wilson (25 July 1998)
"Learn the 'carpe diem' techniques from little kids"
PHILOSOPHICAL CRACKING ~ ANTI-CONSUMERISM



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Reality cracking tools



Adding the Blemish of Truth : How to Alter a Billboard
The first reality cracking tool (15 July 1998): liberate the billboards! :-)
ANTI-ADVERTISEMENT ~ ANTI-CONSUMERISM



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Reality cracking links



http://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd
(a fantastic reality cracking related site!)


http://www.billboardliberation.com/
(Truth In Advertising Since 1977)



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Info: Snippets of real information


General information


Some useful pointers
[The 10 big stories the major media refused to cover in the States]
[Fravia's antiadvertisement]

¤[Le Monde diplomatique] MONTHLY *very* good, one of the best sources of information of this planet, a little 'pauperistic' and 'whiny', but they see through reality better than many others. This is one of the BEST KNOWLEDGE SITES of the whole web, without any doubt... hope you can read some french... anyway there is also a on-line version [in english].
This magazine will give you every month enough material to easily crack most newspapers (or TV-info) around you. Best buy.

[Neue Zürcher Zeitung] DAILY among the best information sources in the whole world... of course swiss need a 'unfogged' world image in order to sell their chocolate and their watches... and could not care less about "ready-made" truths!
An [english version of the NZZ] is also available.

[The Economist] WEEKLY for those of you who can read only English (Karl Marx was an avid reader of the Economist :-) there is of course MORE disinformation than information, but the former is -at least- VERY cleverly presented. Must read (and reverse) for all those interested in "high level" propaganda (where some snippets of true information are continuously presented below the dull iceberg of skilled Guinea-Pig conditioning).

Well, I have started my own [reversing The Economist] section, see if you like it!

[El Pais] DAILY good to average "european style" information, especially valuable for people interested in south American affairs



The Chomsky's papers
Keeping the Rabble in Line by Noam Chomsky, interviewed by David Barsamian, is for instance a very cool and precise analyse of the world affairs (a little too much anti-Israeli imo, for the rest quite correct)
You'll find a small part of Chomsky's cutting interpretations [here]. Read these pages as soon as you can, you'll not regret it!
I'm not Chomskian myself (far from it), but his views and mine do actually converge on so many points that I'm glad he exists and teaches :-)


Satyrical information

¤[The Onion] quite light, but not bad at all, could be dubbed "the reversers' paper", since it is actually very often a good source of reversing thoughts.
[McSweeney's Stories] by David Eggers (parodies Esquire)
[The Baffler], each issue seeks archly to debunk the hip-seeking excesses of the corporate culture business (it's not completely on-line yet, though)



All the newspapers of the world

Feel free to visit ¤[fu_speci.htm] and fetch whatever newspaper you need, but don't old your breath for truths... being able to read any newspapers of the planet does not mean much if you don't know how to filter out the very rare snippets of information and to recognize the few valuable sources of information that are not simple progandistic megaphones of their owners' interests. This said it is for sure quite instructive to learn that slightly different soups of commercial advertisement, hysterical nationalism & ridicolous propaganda are served - under all latitudes - to the zombies...

And don't forget the text-cracking 'exegesis' (rhetorical) section!

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